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Plastic Beach (Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Gorillaz

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Gorillaz- Plastic Beach

on 9/8/2012


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Five years on from the release of Demon Days, Murdoc Niccals and co. are back. The band have taken up residence on an island deep in the South Pacific, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.


Label Virgin Records
SKU 214098835
UPC 099962754729
UPC 14 05099962754729
Format CD
Release Date 3/9/2010
Author Gorillaz
Artist Bio
"GorillazThe Gorillaz story is now something of a legend. The tale of a world-storming band born out of the sick mind of foul-smelling bass-player and ego-driven mastermind Murdoc Niccals. Undeniably, the four Gorillaz - Murdoc, singer 2D, drummer Russel Hobbs and the diminuitive Japanese guitarist Noodle - have changed the face of music and beyond, forever. An incredibly creative blend of music, animation, technology, wit and humour, Gorillaz re-invented the possibilities of entertainment with every release.This approach has made Gorillaz a global phenomenon, having sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide to date. They've won awards from Grammys to Webbys to MTV awards and more, for practically every aspect of their operation.By rattling the cages of the music industry so fiercely, the fearless nature of Gorillaz' experiments illuminated the way forward for all, pioneering techniques and redefining the cultural landscape along the way.In 2001, Gorillaz burst out of every TV and radio with their seminal hit 'Clint Eastwood' and then unleashed a fantastic collision of dub, reggae, hip hop, punk and Cuban music, in the form of their debut album. They thrilled us and wowed us with their jaw-dropping visuals and wicked sense of adventure. They brought a fresh, original and vital voice, breathing new life into tired formats, and left a rich, colourful legacy in their wake to inspire a whole new generation of artists to come.In 2005 with Demon Days, their second album, the fantastic foursome again blazed across our consciousness with a magnificent piece of work that somehow managed to surpass even the outstanding achievements made by their first record. Both musically and visually Gorillaz had reached further and deeper. The all-embracing attitude of Gorillaz provided a limitless canvass for a whole cast of talents, old and new, allowing each of them to express themselves in a unique, exciting way. Along with the album, another landslide of breathtaking videos, and some magical, moving live performances, Gorillaz gave the world something that had never been seen before - and an enchanting and invigorating sense that the impossible is perfectly possible.By truly uniting an astounding array of influences under one roof, they've displayed exactly what can be achieved when intelligence, understanding and creativity come together for the greater good.And hold on tight folks, because the journey's only just begun..."
ReviewSource Slant Magazine
Review It's been 12 years since Blur songster and Britpop poster boy Damon Albarn first sat down with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett to draft their response to the decaying state of the music industry, and yet there's never been a time where the message of their avant-garde virtual band was quite so pertinent. These days our stars are force-fed to us by Simon Cowell and reality television, our chart-topping singles merely cover versions of songs that were cutting edge decades ago, and the entire concept of "pop music" is relegated to fodder for our celebrity voyeurism: penned by the talented, performed by the beautiful. This could be why the illusory members of Gorillaz have emigrated to this plastic beach, a far-flung island formed entirely of consumer waste and detritus, which Albarn has gathered and tailored to form what could well be his magnum opus...Ironically, after a sweeping orchestral introduction, we're welcomed to Plastic Beach by Snoop Dogg, the G-funk crooner who swapped his hip-hop credibility for a banal MTV reality show to cement his celebrity status. But despite hamfisted references to Planet of the Apes and "drinking lemonade in the shade getting blazed," it isn't without its charms. Albarn fashions a beat of ill-omened synthesizers and sonorous bass glides upon which the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble impose their platoon of trumpets and trombones. The horns make way for elaborate string arrangements and jubilant flute work on the serene preamble to "White Flag," paving the way for U.K. rappers Kano and Bashy to wax lyrical on war, crime, and religion atop spells of electronic grime. This m?lange of white-collar instruments and blue-collar beats in the album's early stages yields exceptional results, foreshadowing the unpredictable nature of the record and emphatically justifying Albarn's exodus from his "Country House" to this Plastic Beach...To handpick highlights from Plastic Beach should be considered lofty praise indeed; this is an album where the mind-boggling and the mind-blowing are wall to wall. Its brilliance adopts many guises throughout its 16 tracks, taking the form of unruffled cool one minute and raucous thumpers the next, all somehow woven together seamlessly to fit this outlandish adventure. Though it's only to be considered "pop" in the most obscure sense, and it goes to show Albarn has a pretty warped concept of the term, Plastic Beach provides the almighty shakeup that pop music has needed for some time.
Reviewer Huw Jones
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Gorillaz
Music Format Compact Disc
George Booker, The whole thing works beautifully, more with each listen. It displays a sonic ambition, an openmindedness and a melodic gift that puts so much modern pop to shame.
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